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J. Wayne Moore Papers

Identifier: MS132

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These papers include correspondence, printed material, and newsclippings, primarily documenting the 1951 reunion of the Class of 1901. Also included are certificates certifying J. Wayne Moore, Jr. to practice engineering in Florida and Georgia, and land surveying in Georgia.


  • 1901-1956 (bulk 1951)
  • Majority of material found in 1951 - 1951


General Physical Description note

(one half-sized document case; one oversize box)

Restrictions: Access


Restrictions: Use

Permission to publish materials from this collection must be obtained from the Head of Archives and Special Collections.


1.7 Linear Feet

Scope and Contents

The J. Wayne Moore papers include correspondence, printed material, and newsclippings. Correspondence documenting the planning of the fiftieth reunion of the Class of 1901 constitutes the majority of the papers. Moore corresponded individually with each member of the class, although only those who were still alive in 1951 are represented here. The correspondents are: Julien P. Benjamin, D. O. Dougherty, W. D. Ferris, Strother C. Fleming, Wayne Holman, George J. Merritt, Willard Newsom, James F. Towers, Eugene C. Wachendorff, J. S. Waterman, James H. Williams, and W. A. Young.

The printed materials include a 1901 Commencement Program, a 1909 Yellow Jacket, and a 1952 Orange Bowl program. The 1951 newsclipping from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution includes a photograph of the Insubordinate Seniors.

Also included in these papers are three certificates, certifying J. Wayne Moore, Jr. as a professional engineer in the states of Georgia and Florida, and as a land surveyor in Georgia.

Biography of J. Wayne (James Wayne) Moore

J. Wayne Moore, president of the class of 1901, also played center field on the baseball team. After graduation, he worked for Atlanta Utility Works in East Point and resided in College Park, Georgia. He had at least one child, James Wayne Moore, Jr., who graduated from Georgia Tech in 1928.

Some members of the Class of 1901 returned late to campus from Christmas holidays, choosing to spend the New Year holiday with their families. President Lyman Hall declared they were guilty of insubordination and ordered them out of the dorms, which compelled them to take six weeks of courses in the autumn of 1901. Their graduation was postponed until November 1901, and they held their reunions on that date in celebration. A photograph commemorated their special commencement exercises, and the members of the class posed at the same location at each of their reunions. The last was held in 1961, with Julien P. Benjamin the only class member well enough to attend.

Other Finding Aids

A print copy of this finding aid is available in the Georgia Tech Archives reading room.


James Wayne Moore, Jr. donated these papers in May 1995. Accession #1998.1006 (old number: 98-10-06).

Separated Material

Photographs have been separated and will be processed as VAM132. The diplomas for J. Wayne Moore (Class of 1901) and J. Wayne Moore, Jr. (Class of 1928) have been separated and processed in the Georgia Tech Diploma Collection (MS360).

General Physical Description note

(one half-sized document case; one oversize box)

Processing Information

Susan Illis processed these papers in 2002. Christine de Catanzaro encoded this finding aid in March 2006.

Inventory of the J. Wayne Moore Papers, 1901-1956 (bulk 1951)
Susan J. Illis
Copyright 2002.
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Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, Library, Georgia Institute of Technology Repository

Georgia Institute of Technology
266 4th Street, NW
Atlanta 30332-0900 USA